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Chime Introduces MyPay Cash Advance Feature

The popular neobank Chime is adding a new feature that will allow users to access their paycheck funds even earlier. About MyPay: This week, Chime announced the launch of MyPay. With this new feature, customers will be to request up to $500 of their pay ahead of their regular payday. As Chime notes, MyPay is a low-cost and transparently priced alternative to traditional payday loans and other options. Chime users...
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Aura Survey Highlights Online Security Habits of Americans

A new survey shares some insights into how Americans manage their online passwords — and what types of personal information/data they most worry about leaking. About the survey: Online security platform Aura has released the results of a new study. The survey itself was conducted by The Harris Poll, with participation from 2,099 adults in the United States. Starting with password practices, 95% of those surveyed said they have a...
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Pepper Rewards Offering Spring Project-Themed Bonus Mission

Pepper Rewards has announced its latest special offer, allowing users to earn bonuses on select gift card purchases. About the offer: For a limited time, Pepper Rewards users can earn a bonus when buying gift cards from select brands. Specifically, this batch of bonus brands includes several stores perfect for spring projects and cleaning. The list includes: Lowe's Ace Hardware The Home Depot TJ Maxx Marshalls HomeGoods Bath & Body...
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Survey: 76% of Gen Zers Reports Experiencing Financial Stress

In conjunction with Financial Literacy Month, a new survey from Greenlight highlights financial stress and other money matters among those of different generations. About the survey: Greenlight recently surveyed 2,310 Americans ranging from ages 10 to 59 and asked them about their financial wellness. Specifically, the survey broke respondents into general groups, including Gen Alpha kids (10 to 13-year-olds), Gen Z teens (14 to 19), Millennial parents with Gen Alpha...
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JetBlue Adds Peak Season Pricing for Checked Bag Fees

JetBlue has introduced a new factor to its check baggage fees: peak season pricing. About the new policy: Recently, JetBlue updated its checked baggage policies to include demand-based pricing. Specifically, the cost to check a bag on the airline will now vary based on whether the travel dates are Off-Peak or Peak. For the latter, a $5 premium will apply to the first bag while a second carries a $10...
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United Airlines Introduced Mileage Pooling Option

United Airlines has launched a new feature that could help friends and families maximize their miles. About the new feature: This week, United unveiled a new miles pooling option. Now, MileagePlus members can invite other members to contribute miles to a joint account. Each pool can have up to five members (one leader and four others). While pool leaders must be 18 years old or older, other participants can be...
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Pepper Rewards Announces Upcoming Gift Card Bonus Offers

The gift card rebate app Pepper has announced a slate of upcoming offers — in addition to their everyday rewards. About Pepper's current and upcoming offers: In celebration of March Madness (and beyond), Pepper Rewards is offering special limited-time discounts on gift cards from select brands. These particular deals are instant savings, meaning that users can essentially purchase discounted gift cards. For example, a current Jersey Mike's promotion will allow...
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CFPB Finalizes Rule to Cap Credit Card Late Fees at $8

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that a new rule will soon limit the amount that large credit card issuers will be able to charge for late fees. About the new rule: This week, the CFPB announced that it had finalized a rule regarding credit card late fees. Under this rule, issuers that have 1 million or more open accounts will only be able to charge a maximum...
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first...

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind...
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will...
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a "New Year, New Me" theme last quarter,...
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Bilt Announces Home Collection Deal for May 2024 Rent Day

For May's Rent Day, Bilt is offering a deal that will allow members to decrease their rent bill while also adding to their home decor. About the Home Collection offer: Bilt has crafted a unique Rent Day offer for May 2024. Through the 1st, when Bilt members redeem their points toward rent payments, they'll receive the same number of points to be used toward Bilt Home Collection items. To take...